April 24, 2019

The Left's Take on Generosity

“Studies consistently show that Republicans give more than Democrats to private charities. But as any liberal will happily tell you, that doesn’t capture the whole picture. The left, they say, is far more generous than the right. It’s just that they don’t express their concern for the disadvantaged via charitable giving. Rather, they raise taxes and spread the wealth via big government.

There’s only one problem: The disadvantaged don’t always want that kind of help. For proof, consider the recent “yellow vest” protests in France. President Emmanuel Macron’s unpopular gas-tax increase—aimed at stopping climate change—will only negligibly reduce global greenhouse emissions. What it will do is empty rural workers’ pocketbooks. Compared with their urban political leaders, the rural French must travel great distances for work without ready access to public transit. Higher taxes take a real bite out of their paychecks. And all so that France’s political leaders can appear virtuous, while accomplishing nothing.

Liberals in the U.S. have also pursued radical environmental agendas that burden average Americans. Higher energy and housing costs—the byproducts of liberal environmental and restrictive building regulations—are an inconvenience for the wealthy, but threaten the American dream for everyone else.”

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